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Photos of Rand Paul at party in the
Hamptons catch Iowans´ attention

Des Moines Register [IA], by Jennifer Jacobs

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Posted By:MissMolly, 8/14/2014 5:01:58 AM

An Iowa evangelical Christian leader stood on stage and told the 1,200 conservatives in the audience and the dozens of reporters that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul had told him he couldn´t be at the event Saturday because of a "family commitment." Then the New York Post´s "Page Six" published the news that Paul was in the Hamptons on Saturday with Alec Baldwin. Paul was "among the intellectual elite" at a fundraiser for a library in East Hampton that Baldwin co-sponsored, the column says. It raised some eyebrows in Iowa. Had Paul skipped the Family Leadership summit, an event that served as an

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: chumley, 8/14/2014 5:38:02 AM     (No. 9965322)

I have my concerns about the senator, but am tempted to give him a pass on this one. Aligning with evangelicals is the kiss of death for politicians.
Evangelicals are generally Christian conservatives, while the senator is a Libertarian Republican. The CC group is very much into legislating morality and other people´s behavior, while Libertarians are in favor of leaving people alone to choose their own path. The differences in that regard are huge.
He has to measure his steps very carefully. A step that might alienate more people than it would attract is an unwise one.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/14/2014 6:40:26 AM     (No. 9965344)

I have always had concerns about Paul.

This is shakeout time for all who have aspirations. Watch, listen, read, pay attention. Valuable time for doing our own vetting.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/14/2014 6:41:48 AM     (No. 9965346)

#1 makes some very good points...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: msjena, 8/14/2014 7:04:45 AM     (No. 9965369)

A Republican who doesn´t court Christian conservatives has no chance of winning. That is their biggest potential voting bloc. Even Romney did it--speaking at Liberty University. Paul himself claims to be a conservative Christian so I think the real issue here is money and the fact that he apparently lied about declining the Iowa invitation.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: paral04, 8/14/2014 7:20:34 AM     (No. 9965380)

With the huge tax base in the Hamptons it is a joke that the library would need a fundraiser. It was probably an excuse for another big party with people with too much money.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/14/2014 7:49:51 AM     (No. 9965414)

Paul´s sending copies of his pro-life speeches to Iowa has the moral equivalence of Obama´s sending CDs of his speeches to Queen Elizabeth.

Certainly, Paul is free to do whatever he wants to and promote family togetherness if he can. But, puleeeze! Alec Baldwin? Now there is an icon of family togetherness if there ever was one. /s

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Reply 7 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 8/14/2014 7:59:26 AM     (No. 9965432)

Paul & Rubio are both done - stick a fork in ´em......

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 8/14/2014 7:59:58 AM     (No. 9965434)

But of course the liberal media doesn´t mention that yesterday he was in Kentucky performing free eye surgery for the needy.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 8/14/2014 9:44:14 AM     (No. 9965587)

Isn´t it time for someone to tell Iowa they are just not that important in the great scheme of things? They have a huge sense of self importance not borne out in any tangible way except to give the media a chance to start whacking at Republicans and their Conservative cousins.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Susannah, 8/14/2014 9:57:26 AM     (No. 9965610)

The article mentions in the last line that Ted Cruz will be at a fundraiser in the Hamptons next week. Do they have any Republicans there?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 8/14/2014 12:01:50 PM     (No. 9965799)

Libertarians are fiscally conservative Democrats.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 8/14/2014 1:32:20 PM     (No. 9965915)

Libertarians are fiscally responsible democrats and legalize pot smokers.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Lalo, 8/14/2014 2:10:16 PM     (No. 9965972)

I too have reservations about Rand Paul but am wondering if the people calling him a liar read the article. His explanation was entirely plausible and, to me, convincing enough.

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